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22-28/365 [Take 2]

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February 26th, 2013 Posted 1:47 pm

One of my goals for the 101 in 1001 Project is to complete the 365 Project – to snap one photo a day for 365 days. I’d started this last year and did very well, but fell off track when Eric took the camera to Burning Man in August.

Here we are. Starting again.

022/365 – Sunday, 17 February 2013
This is what a temp of 104.2 looks like 🙁  Nurse Circe to the rescue.

023/365 – Monday, 18 February 2013
Cilantro for the evening festivities of making paneer

024/365 – Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Happy Birthday sweet baby Pip!

025/365 – Wednesday, 20 February 2013
The book report poster – Edgar & Ellen Under Town

026/365 – Thursday, 21 February 2013
The day’s mail! Two from Moscow 🙂

027/365 – Friday, 22 February 2013
Morning snuggles.

028/365 – Saturday, 23 February 2013
Adjudication. We were busy. I admit, I did not take a photo today, but I’m sharing one sent to me by Ana Hunter.  Her daughter is dancing with Alek.


15-21/365 [take 2]

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February 17th, 2013 Posted 3:12 pm

One of my goals for the 101 in 1001 Project is to complete the 365 Project – to snap one photo a day for 365 days. I’d started this last year and did very well, but fell off track when Eric took the camera to Burning Man in August.

Here we are. Starting again.

015/365 – Sunday, 10 February 2013
To be fair, someone else took this picture, but the camera was on its way to Ohio for Houston Ballet auditions.

016/365 – Monday, 11 February 2013
A Valentine from Whisper

017/365 – Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Ravynn stealing MY soy milk!!

018/365 – Wednesday, 13 February 2013
I am sick. I need nothing but tea 🙁

019/365 – Thursday, 14 February 2013
Ravynn did her hair and dressed in red for Valentine’s Day 🙂

020/365 – Friday, 15 February 2013
Home for a sick day, I put on thick socks. When Whisper got home she joined me.

021/365 – Saturday, 16 February 2013
Pierogie!!  Ravynn was a wonderful help.


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8-14/365 [take 2]

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February 11th, 2013 Posted 7:00 am

One of my goals for the 101 in 1001 Project is to complete the 365 Project – to snap one photo a day for 365 days. I’d started this last year and did very well, but fell off track when Eric took the camera to Burning Man in August.

Here we are. Starting again.

008/365 – Sunday, 3 February 2013
The game face.

009/365 – Monday, 4 February 2013
Imbolg offerings. Brigid likes chocolate, right?

010/365 – Tuesday, 5 February 2013

011/365 – Wednesday, 6 February 2013
We shall be organized.

012/365 – Thursday, 7 February 2013

013/365 – Friday, 08 February 2013

014/365 – Saturday, 09 February 2013
Pip and Circe relaxing on Mama’s bed while we clean out the DVR – Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and Project Runway


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1-7/365 [take 2]

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February 5th, 2013 Posted 5:00 am

One of my goals for the 101 in 1001 Project is to complete the 365 Project – to snap one photo a day for 365 days. I’d started this last year and did very well, but fell off track when Eric took the camera to Burning Man in August.

Here we are. Starting again.

001/365 – Sunday, 27 January 2013
The view from my sewing table.

002/365 – Monday, 28 January 2013
My view of Eric’s painting station

003/365 – Tuesday, 29 January 2013
One of the quilt tops we put together over the weekend

004/365 – Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Ravynn after her Munchin character got toasted.

005/365 – Thursday, 31 January 2013
Eric brought the girls flowers after he and Alek helped with Dancing Like the Stars

006/365 – Friday, 01 February 2013
Princess Circe Belle on her throne

005/365 – Saturday, 02 February 2013
Alek baking coconut oatmeal cookies for our little Super Bowl party



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July 20th, 2012 Posted 8:06 am

Exhausting week, it was 🙂


Cleaning means organizing our DVDs!  This was Eric’s job and I don’t envy him one bit.


Alek was supposed to be doing yard work… Instead, this.


This picture reminds me of summers in Erie.  I miss sunsets over the water.


Not a great picture, but even this one was hard to get.  I cleaned out my sewing room [more pictures of that later] to the point that the girls could have a sleepover on the hide-a-bed.  This is their view.


Cleaning out my sewing room [so the new dog can room in], I found some old art projects of the kids.  Jordan made this a couple years ago.  Love it. 


Circe joined our family today. She’s fitting right in watching “Pretty Little Liars and snuggling with Ravynn on the sofa.


Now… she poses.





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July 6th, 2012 Posted 6:38 am

I’m really loving this project. Now, if I could just get to work on the Day In The Life photo project.


Sunday, the girls took some quiet time at home to work on the math projects they requested over the summer.  No, really.  Ravynn is 10 and is heading into 6th grade. She’s reviewing pre-Algebra and wants to learn Algebra when she’d ready.  I see that happening in August.  🙂


Blessed Midsummer!  Our ritual table.


The girls have gone nailpolish CRAZY!  I caught them on ‘home spa’ day.


Ravynn was a dear and rubbed my feet after an especially long day.  She’s dreaming up some secret plans at the same time.


Whisper with Big Girl hair after her shower.  She’s always so proud when she gets it wrapped [mostly] right.


My girls are spending a week with Grandma. I do not love this, but I’m not as crazy this year as I have been in the past.  Being a mom of 1 [Alek is off in Houston still] has been weird, but I’ve been able to hang out with Jordan a little more.


Friday, the world tried to fall apart.  Three trees down in the neighborhood; one on a tree [this one], one on a power line, and one [behind the house you see here] on a house which started a fire.  Thankfully power wasn’t out for long and the cleanup went quickly.




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June 24th, 2012 Posted 10:02 am

Should have posted this yesterday, but I used that as a catch up day. Very excited to be back on track 🙂


Day 35 was hard 🙁  We took Alek to the airport to send him off for a 3-week dance intensive.  The longest I’ve been away from any of my kids has been an almost 1-week visit with their grandmother.  Needless to say, “mama’s freakin’ out!!”


Fathers Day Dinner.  Seared scallops with wilted Asian slaw. The kids told me they as good as Chef Ramsey’s.  Haha!  As long as no one calls me a stupid donkey, we’re good.


In my world, dragonflies = faeries.  This one landed on me an then was kind enough to pose for a picture.


Pretty girls.  We stopped by the park after dance camp and played in the water.  Does my heart good when sisters are friends.


Yeah!!!  My girls are learning something from Winnie Cooper 🙂  We picked up the ‘middle school’ book for Ravynn. She read it in two days and said that it was a “nice review”.  She’s now moved on to a pre-algebra workbook. 


Girls night! Ravynn did my hair in a fishtail braid that she learned from her new American Girl magazine.


Also from American Girl magazine… a poster the girls are coloring together.





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June 23rd, 2012 Posted 1:45 pm

Yes, we got behind again. Life… you know…


The girls wanted to take a walk around town looking for Walking Men Project statues.  As we hunted around AU for their contribution, the girls took the opportunity to walk the fountain.  Ravynn was a little more sure of her footing than Whisper was.


PIZZA!!!  Homemade 🙂


Nature at Shadyside. 


No matter where you go in Anderson, you WILL be stopped by a train.  When we stopped for our third of the day, we decided to take a picture.


More nature at Shadyside.  I love when ‘in color’ photographs look black and white.


Flat Stanley [from Cali] with the big grafitti eyeball we found in an alley downtown. 


Researching and writing at Panera.  In fact, those are my plans for today as well. 





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June 10th, 2012 Posted 10:07 pm

Yes, I plan to post these 365 updates on Saturdays, but I’ll be honest. Yesterday was difficult for me.  It would have been my dad’s 85th birthday.  I really just wanted to sit around and snuggle my kids.

But, we’re back at it and I have some photos from this past week to show you.


Last Saturday, Ravynn decided to start a 3,000 piece puzzle.  She made quick work of most of the border, but then decided she didn’t like sitting on the floor to work on it, so she boxed it back up. After spending a couple of days rubbing her sore back, I thought this was a great idea. 


After feeling really proud of myself for going to bed early, I was slightly annoyed with Eric when he woke me up to see this “really cool thing” in the living room.  I got over that immediately when I saw this incredible dragonfly on the ceiling fan.  I wish the camera had captured how gold it was. 


Sweet snuggle bug waiting patiently for her turn on the computer.  She got a little sun.


Yes… those raspberry bushes that I planted in the fall and keep stressing over [we need more rain!!] finally produced fruit.  Two little berries.  I let the girls have them.  I understand they needed sugar.


Ravynn completed her Flat Person and wanted a photo of the two of them together.  After watching the first two seasons of Vampire Diaries, she was understandably upset when I referred to her creation as a doppelganger. 


Whisper go a foot tattoo to remind her while I was at work that I love her CRAZY BIG.


THIS is what happens when I let Alek make his own lunch… spaghetti salad. I don’t even know what to say about it…





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June 4th, 2012 Posted 9:42 pm

Just about caught up with the 365 pictures 🙂  This should do it, then I’ll be back on track to post every Sunday. 


Alek’s final paperwork ready to head off for his summer intensive.  He attended his first real audition in Febrary and was accepted into a relatively high level of class. Unfortunately another dance opportunity kept him from attending the 6-week program. 



While Whisper attended a birthday party at a local park, Ravynn and I took a short walk around the walking trail.  How lovely that we have a little covered bridge in the middle of the park.



You’ll see a theme. I just adore the wildflowers [weeds?] that grow in central Indiana.  They don’t compare to the ones I enjoyed as a child, but some of them are moving our way. I’ll do my best to photograph them as I find them. 


 More weeds.  These tiny little flowers would be welcome all over my property. 



 Cleaning up the art projects the girls brought home from school.  Some are just too big to realistically keep, so we photograph then and keep the pictures. 


 Walking Man party!!  Jordan’s girlfriend created this 10.5′ masterpiece as part of the Waking Man Project.  Because it was near dusk, the Anderson Indian didn’t photograph well.  One of the goals we have for the summer is to find them all.  Watch for photographic evidence.